Am I the only one questioning the Lakers trade?
Many people were surprised to see the New Orleans Pelicans traded their star player Anthony Davis Saturday night. Me on the other hand, I believed it was inevitable.
With the NBA draft set to begin Thursday, we knew if a deal would be reached, it would happen before the draft. We also knew ahead of time that New Orleans Pelicans had the number 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.
This is where I ask the questions, would New Orleans have been better off keeping Anthony Davis and pairing him with a young star like Zion Williamson with the first pick of the draft. Pelicans starting point guard Jrue Holliday averaged 21.2 points with 5 rebounds and 7.7 assist per game in the 2018-19 NBA season. Forward Nikola Mirotic who was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks before the trade deadline was averaging 15.2 points with 7.4 rebounds and a PER of 17.23, I believe the pelicans had a lineup ready to compete in the 2020 season.
New Orleans fired GM Dell Demps during the 2019 season before eventually replacing him with David Griffin formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
David Griffin served as vice president of basketball operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers before taking over as GM in 2014. He would spend the next 3 years with Lebron James in Cleveland as the General Manager while leading them to the 2016 NBA Championship. After Lebron left for the Lakers in 2018, Dan Gilbert and Griffin agreed to part ways.
Fast forward to 2019 and the Lakers-Pelicans situation is reminiscent to that mysterious 2011 trade that almost sent Chris Paul to the Lakers. That trade wasn’t approved by the league at the time, but this one is?
It almost looks like the Pelicans fired Dell Demps because he didn’t execute the Davis trade. This article written by Ethen Krieger on April 12, 2019 states exactly that. Does this mean Lebron and the Lakers are the favorite going into the 2020 NBA season?